As a child I was such an avid reader and my dream was to meet some of my favourite authors but this sadly never came to pass. However as a grown up (I use this in the most loosest of ways) I have had the privilege of meeting some amazing authors of books I love when they have visited my schools. Sadly not all schools have the resources to host author visits, so thank goodness for brilliant festivals like the Barnes Children’s Literature Festival exist. The festival is back for it’s fifth year and opens on Wednesday 8 May with their Education Programme, three days of specially curated, curriculum-linked sessions which they provide free to pupils in all state primary schools in London. This year 4,500 children will have the opportunity to engage with their favourite authors and illustrators including a rare schools’ performance by Britain’s best loved poet, Roger McGough, Paralympian, television presenter and author, Ade Adepitan and the BookTrust Writer in Residence Nadia Shireen.
If you’re thinking my children won’t get this opportunity to meet authors as we don’t live in London then I’m here with some brilliant news. On the 11th and 12th May London’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival opens to the public in Barnes. Attracting some of the UK’s best authors and illustrators for a fun-filled weekend for children of all ages. Led by UK Laureate Lauren Child and master story tellers Judith Kerr, Michael Rosen, David Almond, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Francesca Simon, this year’s programme looks better than ever.
Tickets are available to book online now for events featuring the brilliant Emma Carroll, Lauren Child Candy Gourlay, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Tom Palmer, Paula Harrison and many many more. There is so much to choose from, you are bound to find an event that you will really enjoy.
Barnes also provides dedicated programming for families with children with special and extra needs including inclusive storytelling with Rose Robbins and Vanessa Woolf and yoga-telling sessions.
To find out more about Barnes Children’s Literature Festival head to the website: